Yoga Levitates Indians Out of Jail Early

Inmates offered chance to cut time with yoga courses
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2010 3:20 AM CST
A Hindu holy man displays a yoga posture at the Kamakhya temple during the Ambubasi festival in Gauhati, India.   (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
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(Newser) – Inmates in central India are being offered a chance to get out of jail early via the lotus position. Prison officials in Madhra Pradesh have introduced yoga courses and are offering prisoners 36 days off their sentence for every 3-month yoga course they complete. Authorities hope the exercise and meditation will make the inmates healthier, calmer, and less likely to break the law again.

"We are running yoga classes in many jails," the state's inspector-general of prisons tells the Telegraph. "The basic objective to practice yoga in jails is to help the inmates master the art, bust the stress, help with anger management and to keep them fit." At Gwaloir Jail, 400 inmates are taking part and 36 have already stretched and chanted their way to lighter sentences.

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